Mussel 'popcorn' with black sauce

Ingredients

Fish & Shellfish

  • 500g of live mussels, or 150g of cooked mussel meat

Store Cupboard

  • 150g of plain flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 80g of capers
  • 20g of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp charcoal powder

Dairy

  • 100g of unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten

Salad & Fresh Herbs

  • 1/2 bunch of basil, or dill, chopped

Oils & Vinegars

  • oil, for deep-frying
  • 40g of olive oil

Delicatessen

  • 80g of black olives, pitted

Fruit & Vegetables

  • 80g of gherkins

Speciality Ingredients

  • 2g of xanthan gum

Beverages

  • 60ml of water